Capturing nature's best side

by Helen Hooker December. 01, 2016 1672 views

I'd already decided to have a much needed day off today, although my plans for the day rather depended on the weather.  When I peeked out through the curtains early this morning I found blue sky and sunshine - perfect for a trip to Colchester Zoo.  I didn't attempt to do the whole zoo on this occasion, but spent more time with a small number of animals to try and capture their best side.  The sunshine had brought out the tamarins and marmosets and they were kind enough to pose for me.  

This little character was evidently never told by his or her mother that it's rude to eat with your mouth open!

When I reached the chimpanzees they were enclosed in their sleeping quarters while the keepers cleaned out their day quarters and put out fresh food.  They were gathered together in twos and threes, grooming each other and I was able to catch this thoughtful portrait of one of them.  

As the afternoon wore on the sun dropped lower in the sky, casting a warm glow over the zoo.  The lions were doing what all cats do on such occasions, lolling around in sunny spots.  The way the light was shining through their fur was just irresistible.  

I finally ended up by the meerkats who were almost all on sentry duty in the sunshine.  It's now almost impossible to distinguish the adults from the youngsters who were born back in March and I was spoilt for choice with seventeen cute face to aim my camera at!

1 December 2016


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Arun Tp 3 years, 3 months ago

great wildlife collection

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Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 3 months ago

I love these! Beautiful work...

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Amy Daniels 3 years, 3 months ago

All fantastic

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Sudarshan Sp 3 years, 3 months ago

great photos....

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sudarshan Sp 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you very much!

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 3 months ago

The Lion King in #5 is majestic. Favs

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 3 months ago

He's my favourite too! thanks Antonio

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Carmen Boutot 3 years, 3 months ago

#4 is beautiful, your work is always stunning!

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Carmen Boutot 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much Carmen - I'm delighted you enjoyed them!

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Richix 3 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful portraits...thank you for sharing them.

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 3 years, 3 months ago

Just brilliant and John always loves a Meerkat I love the last the Real King of the Jungle......

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 3 months ago

Brilliant series, Helen!
All to my favorites!
The subjects, compositions, colors, lighting and amazing details were simply, top-notch! Bravo!

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Jay - I had a wonderful day taking these :-)

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 3 months ago

My pleasure, Helen!
Thanks for sharing these!
I'm in Dallas, Texas, visiting my kids, for the next month, so my participation @ PB may be a bit "sketchy", during that time. Hope the Holiday Season brings the Very Best to You & Yours~
Cheers~

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Holly Crocker 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm pretty sure they were posing for you. A gorgeous set!

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Holly Crocker 3 years, 3 months ago

I suspect you're right! Thanks Holly!

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